[caption id="attachment_33771" align="alignright" width="300"]<img class="wp-image-33771 size-medium" src="http:\/\/www.dominionpost.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/2019\/02\/01-300x300.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="300" \/> Coakley[\/caption]\r\n\r\nHAZELTON \u2014\u00a0 Joe Coakley, warden at the Hazelton federal prison complex, announced his retirement Tuesday.\r\nIn an email to staff, Coakley wrote, \u201cAfter 32 years of [Bureau of Prisons] service, including two tours of duty at Hazelton, I am retiring effective March 31, 2019.\u201d\r\nCoakley has been warden at the Hazelton complex since March 2016 and previously was there as an associate warden.\r\nIn December, Coakley sent an email to employees, denying a New York Times report that he was going to be fired by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)\r\n\u201cIt has been my great honor to serve as your warden,\u201d he wrote Tuesday. \u201cI have had a full and rewarding career and I cannot think of a better duty station for which to close it out. I want to thank each and every one of you for the hard work and dedication you display every day!\u201d\r\nRichard Heldreth Jr., president of Local 420 of the American Federation of Government Employees, said workers, \u201cwould like the agency to select his successor quickly, so that we can continue our efforts to address the staffing shortages and other concerns at the facility.\u00a0 The [federal] shutdown has put us even further behind in this regard.\u201d\r\nHazelton garnered national attention last year after infamous gangster \u201cWhitey\u201d Bulger was killed within hours of arriving at the high-security penitentiary. It was the third inmate death in 2018. Afterwards a BOP review team visited the facility.\r\nCoakley concluded his email Tuesday by urging workers to, \u201cStay safe!\u201d\r\nThat has been a challenge for workers.\u00a0 Five staff members have been injured this year by inmates. Workers blame the Bureau of Prisons\u2019 failure to fill open correctional officer positions for the problem.